John believes in meeting clients where they are at. He understands it can be difficult to reach out for help. He takes a compassionate approach to therapy. He believes in client centered therapy where the client’s needs and values are put at the forefront.
John has specialized experience working with children in counselling and assessments. He understands the complexities of working with children who have struggles with their mental health. He understands how to properly assess, diagnose and treat children experiencing difficulties in their lives.
He also has significant experience working with adults in the community. Because he has first hand experience with teaching in the community with those adults struggling with mental health issues, he easily transfers that informant and knowledge into the counselling room. John has led mental health initiatives for both adults and minors alike in not-for-profits. Aside from his clinical work, John is also the Co-Investigator of two Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded research that examines the mental health of people living with HIV/AIDS during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, John is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience in mental health and helping reduce the stigmatization of mental health disorders amongst the marginalized population.
John also offers a free 20-minute phone or video consultation, to support you in finding the most suitable fit as you embark on your therapy journey.
Client focus: Adult/Individuals/Adolescents/Kids/Family
Types of Therapy: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Strength-Based Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention
Languages: English, Mandarin Chinese
Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Self Esteem, Behavioural Issues, Career Guidance, Codependency, Coping Skills, Divorce, Family Conflict, Grief, Life Transition, Peer Relationships, Racial Identity, School Issues, Stress, Women’s Issues, Addictions, ADHD, Social Skills, Self Harm, Men’s issues, Learning Disabilities, Immigrant/Newcomers, Parenting/Prenatal/Postpartum, Infertility, Intimacy, Life coaching, Workplace/Employment issues, Sleep issues, Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Sexual abuse, Suicidal ideation, Emotional disturbance, LGBTQ
John is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists